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The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence


       The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence

November 16, 2023

The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence (, announced that Kinney Drugs, located in Watertown’s Seaway Plaza was nominated to receive recognition through the New York State Department of Education in honor of their dedication to provide community employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Each year, the agency’s Career Solutions program selects one business partner to be honored through the recognition program as The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence’s Employer of the Year. This acknowledgement highlights the valuable relationships that have proven to be successful for the individuals employed and offer area businesses dependable and motivated employees.

“Our partners at Kinney Drugs believe that with the right accommodations, people can contribute worthwhile talents to the business, said Lynn Pietroski, The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence Chief Executive Officer.  “This serves as a reminder that when businesses are willing to celebrate the unique abilities of individuals, a work environment is created for everyone to thrive.”

The team at Kinney Drugs worked closely with several individuals involved with The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence and they have truly adapted to provide valuable work experiences. One specific example to highlight Kinney Drugs’ commitment was shown when the business recognized the potential of a person supported by Career Solutions and created a customized employment opportunity to suit their skills.

“Kinney Drugs recognizes that people of all abilities can make valuable contributions to the work force,” stated Tara Carr, The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence Chief Operating Officer. “Their commitment to embracing diversity and nurturing talent has attracted a team of passionate people who believe in the power of inclusion.”

The Arc Jefferson – St. Lawrence offers employment services that include job training, coaching, job development, and benefits management. To learn more, visit or find us on Facebook and Instagram.

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In the photo from left to right:  
Jared LaRose, Kinney Drugs Customer Experience Advocate; Rob LaMarche Kinney Drugs Store Manager; Kelly Burkett NY State Ed. Dept. Business Relations Representative; and Matt Horan, NY State Ed. Dept. Business Relations Representative

Kinney Drugs Watertown Recognized as Employer of the Year

About The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence:    
The Arc Jefferson - St. Lawrence seeks to be the premier provider of services for people with diverse needs through the continuum of life.